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    Fallon -70,094 words
    Forest Born -67408 words
    Ice Whisperings -2997 words
    Garrett -9623words
    Northern Blood -11658 words
    Winter's Reign -787 words

    Completed

    Blood Harvest - 998 words
    Keeping Secrets - 1500 words
    Misunderstood -700 words
    Sarah's Amulet-A Necromancer Slave Story -6004 words
    The Cult -1998 words
    Unfortunate Blessings -454 words

    To Be Published

    Artistic Escape - flash (to be pub 2011)
    Happy Birthday Honey - flash (to be pub 2011)
    Making Choices - flash (to be pub 2011)
    Together Forever - flash (to be pub 2011)

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    Allie's Clown - 1500 words (Published on Dark Valentine website March 2011)
    Valeria's Knight - 4807 words (Published in Dark Gothic Resurrected Magazine)
    The Angel Wars/Post-Apocalyptic Emails at the end of time-A collaboration with author Tammy Crosby (Published by PillHill Press in August 2011)
    Valeria's Knight - 4807 words (Published in Night to Dawn Magazine-September 2011)

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Character Development


Last week I talked about planning your manuscript right from the beginning. During the Dark Fantasy Writing course taught by Kelley Armstrong, she handed out a form to develop our character profiles.

I took the one she gave us, and revised it. I added lines for information that I needed to know about my characters so its a combination form, partly her ideas and some of my own. So its a full profile for my main characters, and I can when I write about them, I know everything I need to know to develop their personalities in my story.

Then I did another form for secondary characters…you know the people that come and go in your story, but you don’t need to know everything about them. You may need to know a little, but not a full profile.

Doing these has helped me understand my characters so much better. I thought I knew them well enough to write them into my story, but readers need to identify with them, and the writer needs to know them as well as he/she can possibly know anyone.

I know my characters so well that they’re like familiar friends or family members. I don’t know all their intimate secrets yet, but I know enough that I can write about them. They need to be just like real people and that’s what the reader will sense while they read the story. Identifying with your main characters will draw your reader in. If you don’t know them that well, then your reader won’t either.

This is another stage of planning, which I can’t stress enough as being an important part of starting your story. Hope this helps!

Feel free to use mine or make your own if you find anything useful in the form. They’re underlined in blue below.

Keep writing, and enjoy your week! 🙂

Character Profile Page-Primary

Character Profile Page-Secondary characters

Direction, plot, characters and planning.


I took Kelley Armstrong’s ‘Dark Fantasy’ writing course last week, and I needed it.
Although I learned a lot of new ‘stuff’ about writing, it was the motivation to develop my story line, plot and characters that really inspired me to get back to writing. I had missed some of that in my original draft.
I’ve written about 70k on one of my manuscripts, my favorite story. The one I really want to finish first, but as much as I thought I knew my characters and story so well, there was something missing. Some direction, some key plot points, some character attributes needed to be fleshed out to get this story done.
After doing a week with Kelley, I now realize that sitting down, planning, and spending the prep time plotting, etc. will pull my story together and guide me through it, like a map, and that has motivated me to start at the beginning.
Get it all together, spend the time preparing your story, then dive in and start writing. Follow your map, only the key points, no filler, make your characters come alive with what you now know about them, and your story will be easier to write.
Having little direction at the beginning leaves you floundering as you write, thus creating that ‘writer’s block, or whatever you want to call it. You don’t know where you’re heading and consequently you stall out.
Having a plan, a map, and all your details helps you put it all together and now I feel like I have that.
Yeah, it means starting all over, but I have my story idea, most of it written, and now with my plot cards and character sheets, I’ll be able to flesh out my story the way it should have been done in the first place.
So now I actually feel like writing again which I had somehow lost trying to make sense of what I had written by ‘pantsing’ some of it.
Direction and a map now give me a clear view of where I’m going, and I’m ready to get this story done. 🙂